Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava
(Updated June 2nd, 2020)
- As of May 27, Citizens and residents of Slovakia are now able to travel to Czech Republic for up to 48 hours without recent COVID-19 tests. Upon leaving Slovakia all travelers must fill out this form to record the time of departure. The same form will be reviewed by a border official upon reentry to Slovakia to verify that 48 hours have not been exceeded. Authorities ask that travelers arrive at the border with the form already filled out to expedite the border crossing. A list of open border crossings can be found here.
- Travelers can use Prague international airport in addition to Vienna. NOTE: Under this agreement, Slovak residents do not enjoy the same privileges as Slovak citizens regarding travel to Hungary and are still unable to enter Hungary.
- American Citizen Services remain open at Embassy Bratislava. Only emergency passports can be issued at this time.
- President Trump’s Presidential Proclamations (PP) regarding travel suspensions can be found here.
- American Citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members as defined in the March 11, PP will be allowed entry to the U.S.
- On March 19, the U.S. Department of State announced a Global Level Four Health Advisory.
- Travelers from Europe returning to America must enter the U.S. through one of 13 airports and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Embassy Bratislava has suspended all Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa operations until the PP has been rescinded except for travelers as detailed in the March 11, 2020 PP.
- The borders of Ukraine and Poland are closed to travel from Slovakia.
- The border to Hungary is closed to Americans with Slovak residency but open for Slovak citizens.
- As of May 27, travelers who are residents in Slovakia and present an entry/exit form this form may stay in Czech Republic for up to 48 hours without requiring a recent negative COVID-19 test.
- Austrian authorities require a negative COVID-19 test (no more than four days old) to enter. Travelers transiting Austria (including the Vienna airport) and those traveling for essential medical care are exempt from this requirement with proof of travel intent (plane tickets, etc.) or a letter from an Austrian health practitioner. Entry to Austria requires filling out this form.
- Slovakia has closed all airports, international trains, boats, and buses. The Vienna and Prague airports remains open with indirect itineraries to the United States. However, airlines have drastically reduced their schedule and flights are subject to constant change. Check with your airline before your scheduled departure. For more detailed information visit the websites of the Vienna and Prague airports.
- Except for citizens and residents of Hungary and Czech Republic, Slovakia has limited entry for all but Slovak citizens and residents, it does not currently limit exits. Those entering Slovakia must enter a mandatory 14–day quarantine in a government facility. Smart quarantine ekarantena.korona.gov.sk as a voluntary alternative came into effect on May 24, 2020 for Android at selected border crossing points. The app is currently not available for Apple iOS users. During the quarantine, COVID-19 testing will be required.
- Transit through Slovakia without stops for EU citizens returning to their country of citizenship is permitted from June 3, 2020.
Information for American Citizens
Travel to the United States of America
President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation of March 11, 2020 does not pertain to American citizens, legal permanent residents, or their direct family members. These groups will not be denied entry to the U.S.
Worldwide Level Four Health Alert
On March 19, the U.S. Department of State declared a worldwide level four health alert advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.
Passport Issuance Limitations
Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations. Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.
In an emergency, Embassy Bratislava can assist with an emergency passport for an adult or a minor. If you have not received your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), an emergency passport may be issued by Embassy Bratislava. Please consider waiting to apply until we resume normal operations. For emergency passport services, please contact Embassy Bratislava.
Adhering to Slovak Visa and Residency Regulations
- Temporary and permanent residents, as well as those on paroled status in Slovakia whose validity expires during the declared time of crisis and up to a month afterwards will have their legal status extended for two months after the official state of crisis is declared over.
- Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa will maintain their legal status until one month after the official state of crisis ends.
- Temporary and permanent residents that are outside of Slovakia and are unable to return during the state of crisis can submit their application for renewal of residence status at the closest Slovak Embassy abroad. The Slovak embassy will provide further assistance at that time.
Situation in Slovakia
As of June 2, 2020, Slovakia has 122 active cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Official government of Slovakia statistics can be found at www.korona.gov.sk.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Slovakia has closed its three international airports.
- Vienna and Prague airports remain open with indirect flight options to the United States. However, operational status may change at any time. It is recommended to check with your airline prior to your departure. Private car companies and rental car agencies are operating sporadically.
- The borders to Poland and Ukraine are closed. Slovak citizens may visit Hungary for 48 hours, third-country Slovak residents are not permitted to enter Hungary.
- Travelers from Slovakia may visit Czech Republic for up to 48 hours without a recent negative COVID-19 test. Upon leaving Slovakia all travelers must fill out this form to record the time of departure. The same form will be reviewed by a border official upon reentry to Slovakia to verify that 48 hours have not been exceeded. Authorities ask that travelers arrive at the border with the form already filled out to expedite the border crossing.
- Austria requires most non-Austrians to provide a negative COVID-19 test (VO BGBl. II Nr. 149/2020, VO BGBl. II Nr. 87/2020 idgF) from within the past four days to enter. Travelers transitioning the country through the Vienna airport and those traveling for essential medical care are exempt from this requirement. Border guards will require proof of your travel plans (plane tickets, flight confirmation, etc.) or a note from an Austrian medical provider when crossing the border. Those entering Austria must provide this form at the border. Americans leaving Bratislava have had success taking a local taxi to the Austrian border near the town of Hainburg, crossing the border on foot, and then calling an Austrian taxi from the other side. Further guidance about entering Austria can be found on the Embassy of Austria website here.
- Slovak citizens and residents may travel in Austria, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Germany for up to 48 hours without testing or quarantine on return. Travelers are recommended
- Except from Hungary and Czech Republic, Slovakia has closed its borders to tourists with international air, train, boat, and road travel being suspended. Slovakia has limited entry for all but Slovak citizens and residents, it does not currently limit exits. Those entering Slovakia must enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility. On May 24, the smart phone app “ekarantena” came into effect as an alternative to in person quarantine at a government facility. The app is available on the Android platform (not yet available on iOS) and can only be used at selected border crossings. More information can be found here. Exceptions to the quarantine requirement can be found here. Violation of the quarantine can face fines of €1,650 ($1800).
- Additionally, travelers from Slovakia may travel in Austria, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Germany for up to 48 hours without testing or quarantine on return. However, currently travel to those countries is mostly hypothetical as all borders besides Austria, Hungary, and Czech Republic remain closed to travelers from Slovakia.
- Public international train and bus transportation remains unavailable.
- Slovak authorities request that you do not come to hospitals with COVID-19 concerns. Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682. Following a discussion with a health care professional, decisions will be made on testing and care.
- Facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) are required in all public spaces except when outdoors and 2 meters from the closest person of a different household. Children under the age of two and those with autism are exempted.
- State offices have returned to normal operations with modified schedules. Confirm opening hours prior to seeking assistance.
- Domestic bus and train travel are running on a limited schedule.
- As of May 20, nearly all businesses are now open subject to health and sanitation requirements. All stores remain closed on Sunday.
- Currently all universities, schools and pre-schools are closed. As of June 1, pre-schools and elementary school grades 1-5 re-opened though attendance is optional.
- Though hotels are permitted to re-open many remain closed for low number of travelers.
- Hospitals have resumed treating non-emergency and elective patients.
- As of June 3, all sports, wellness, recreational facilities are permitted to re-open.
- Sports competitions and events with up to 500 visitors are permitted.
Embassy Alerts Archive
A complete list of all travel, health, and safety alerts sent by the Embassy can be found here.
Information for Travelers to the United States of America
As directed by the Presidential Proclamation (PP) of March 11, 2020, effective 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 13, 2020, non-American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members that have been in the Schengen area in the immediate 14 days prior will be barred entry to the United States of America. To reiterate, American Citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members as defined in the PP will be allowed entry to the U.S. Any traveler with a valid ESTA who attempts to travel to the United States in violation of this Proclamation will have their ESTA canceled. This cancellation does not preclude a traveler from re-applying for an ESTA after the cessation of the travel moratorium. Travelers who believe they fall within an identified exemption are encouraged to seek guidance in advance of planned travel to avoid travel disruptions. Air carriers are directed to contact the Regional Carrier Liaison Group for additional guidance.
Travelers must re-enter the United States through one of these 13 airports and undertake 14 days of self-quarantine upon return:
- Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
- Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
- Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
Information about mandatory quarantining upon returning to the U.S. is available here.
On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” Full text of the PP can be found here with the list of exemptions. Case specific questions should be sent to email@example.com.
Embassy Bratislava has suspended all Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa operations until the PP has been rescinded except for travelers as detailed in the PP. We recognize that this will interrupt travel plans and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these unique times.
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